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LibraryLady
06-16-2008, 06:23 AM
I was up at 4 a.m. for a silly reason. I am superstitious. I promised someone I would sew some patches on a Boy Scout uniform for Monday morning. I forgot until all the sudden it was Sunday and my grandmother's words were ringing in my ears:

"If you sew anything on Sunday, you will have to pick out the stitches with your nose on Judgement Day."

So, I got up at 4 to sew the silly uniform. I actually thought it was a Biblical thing but apparently it's just a superstition. She drilled it in me very well!!

TOTD: are you superstitious? If so, what are some of your beliefs?

Here are some Old Wives's Tales and Superstitions to jog your memory. (http://www.southernsass.com/oldwivestales.html)

DarkScribe
06-16-2008, 06:38 AM
Back to work after a nice, somewhat relaxing weekend off. Shannon & I are meeting after work to go to dinner at Colorado Fondue...should be yummy!

TOTD: To a degree, yes. I don't know about sidewalk cracks and all that...but I try to avoid walking under ladders. I think black cats are cool. Nothing bad happened (to us, anyway) on this past Friday the 13th. Superstitions are pretty interesting, though...

Space Gravy
06-16-2008, 07:28 AM
I'm positive their are certain shirts I play better golf in.

Cold Warrior
06-16-2008, 08:02 AM
Aw, I thought you might entitle this one, "Mongolian Monday." :D

Thunder and rain here in New England as I'm preparing to hop the Amtrak for NYC for the week. It's supposed to be rainy there as well.

TOTD: No, not at all. I don't walk under ladders, but that's because there's generally stuff on top that is likely to be unstable. I don't think I have any superstitions, although my girlfriend, for all her youth and education, certainly maintains a number from Eastern Europe. After all, she is from Transylvania.

linda22003
06-16-2008, 08:05 AM
Picking stitches with your nose is not something I could imagine ever being in the Bible. And I've never heard that particular saying. Perhaps your grandmother made these things up. :)

Most superstitions are odd, but there are still some we live by even if we can't explain it. My family is English and Scottish in background, and none of us ever married in May, because we all "knew" how unlucky it is to do so. A shame, really, since the weather is usually so nice.

movie buff
06-16-2008, 09:49 AM
TOTD: As far as "Superstitions" go, a little. I try not to walk under ladders, but that's partly due to physical safety issues, and the fact that I'm pretty tall.

Gingersnap
06-16-2008, 10:24 AM
After a warmish (and highly productive weekend) it's cool but bright here. This is good news for some of the more finicky transplants I just put in.

TOTD: I love reading about superstitions but I don't know that I abide by any aside from the month of October. I am all about Halloween customs and harvest traditions then but I do it for entertainment purposes, not because I genuinely believe in placating the Elder gods. ;)

jendf
06-16-2008, 10:26 AM
My internet connection at home hasn't worked since last Friday. :mad: Do you know how hard it is to go without internet for the entire weekend? Actually, I cheated and logged on at my parents' house on Sunday.

The Cox man is supposed to be at my apartment between 3-5 to fix it.

TOTD: Not really.

LibraryLady
06-16-2008, 11:26 AM
Picking stitches with your nose is not something I could imagine ever being in the Bible. "It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God." (Matthew 19:24) that's pretty strange, if you think about it!! And I've never heard that particular saying. Perhaps your grandmother made these things up. :)

Most superstitions are odd, but there are still some we live by even if we can't explain it. My family is English and Scottish in background, and none of us ever married in May, because we all "knew" how unlucky it is to do so. A shame, really, since the weather is usually so nice.

My grandmother was so religious that I just assumed everything she said came from the Bible! My Mom said it probably came from "remembering the Sabbath".

It was listed at the link I gave so she isn't the only one who said it!

Many old wives tales are based on truths. Lots of common sense in some of it.

I have never heard of not marrying in May!

LogansPapa
06-16-2008, 11:36 AM
Heavy mist this morning at the pier - couldnít even see the end. Must have been really hot over the water, out 50-100 miles over the weekend. When I parked in the structure across from the gym this morning the smell of salt in the air was fantastic. Felt just like San Francisco - less the gayness.

TOTD: Most of the religions in the history of man sprung from superstition. A way for folks to feel they have control over their environment and/or others of their kind. Easy. Youíre not required to investigate, use resources to do so, study or develop theories. The lazy personís way of existing.

linda22003
06-16-2008, 12:28 PM
I have never heard of not marrying in May!

Common in England, at least at one time. Queen Victoria forbade her children having May weddings, because she believed in it.

There's a month by month rhyme about marriage in every month; I'm happy that my month is considered good: "Marry in September's shrine, your living will be rich and fine". I'd never marry in Lent or Advent, but that's Anglicanism, not strictly superstition.

gator
06-16-2008, 12:44 PM
I am not very superstitious but I do have my little quirks, mostly based upon culture rather than fear. For instance, I eat black eyed peas on New Years Day. Of course the one year when I did not eat them (1968) turned out to be the worse year of my life.

Here in Florida we have little lizards all over the place. They are quiet and clean and they kill and eat every little bug they can get their hands on. My Mom allowed them around the house, which is a tradition of older Florida people and went out of her way not to harm them. She told me it was bad luck to harm one of them. To this day I will not harm any of them and even rescue them from my cat from time to time.

Shannon
06-16-2008, 01:00 PM
I am not very superstitious but I do have my little quirks, mostly based upon culture rather than fear. For instance, I eat black eyed peas on New Years Day. Of course the one year when I did not eat them (1968) turned out to be the worse year of my life.

Here in Florida we have little lizards all over the place. They are quiet and clean and they kill and eat every little bug they can get their hands on. My Mom allowed them around the house, which is a tradition of older Florida people and went out of her way not to harm them. She told me it was bad luck to harm one of them. To this day I will not harm any of them and even rescue them from my cat from time to time.

I spend a lot of time rescuing the poor things from my evil cat. You'd think they'd get the word out not to hang out on my back porch.

linda22003
06-16-2008, 01:07 PM
In St. John our house had a lot of little geckos, who performed the same bug-eating service for my parents. One of them accidentally got into my husband's toiletry kit, and sat up looking around when we were in our hotel in Miami on our way back home (good thing we were diverted and didn't make it back to Washington that night; he probably wouldn't have survived the trip). The hotel had a big atrium garden with a pond, so we released him there. We figured that back on St. John his buddies were saying, "Has anyone seen George? I haven't seen him in ages."

Cold Warrior
06-16-2008, 01:09 PM
I spend a lot of time rescuing the poor things from my evil cat. You'd think they'd get the word out not to hang out on my back porch.

Cats do have an interesting way of playing with their prey before destroying them. :D

LogansPapa
06-16-2008, 01:11 PM
Cats do have an interesting way of playing with their prey before destroying them. :D

As does she. ;)

gator
06-16-2008, 01:15 PM
I spend a lot of time rescuing the poor things from my evil cat. You'd think they'd get the word out not to hang out on my back porch.

Whe we first moved into our house in 2003 our cat had a field day. She would kill and eat at least a couple every day. She would eat everything except the tips of the tails and the heads. She decimated the lizard poplutation. They are just now returning to a sizable population because she is not as aggressive as she use to be, although she will snack on one from time to time.

The problem I had was that she would catch them outside and bring them in to eat them. She also loves to bring in snakes.

Hanging out by the porch is a good thing for them because they kill the bugs before the bugs can get into your house.

LibraryLady
06-16-2008, 01:26 PM
Cats do have an interesting way of playing with their prey before destroying them. :D


You just reminded me why I love my cats. I have a morbid fear of lizards!

asdf2231
06-16-2008, 01:30 PM
I maintain a few like knocking wood, and the like.

When my wife was studying for her residency she had to pass one of the hardest board exams given in either Human or Veterinary medical training and I started the habit of pitching a pinch of salt over the shoulder when I spilled some. :D

linda22003
06-16-2008, 01:32 PM
You just reminded me why I love my cats. I have a morbid fear of lizards!

Aww, really? 'At's a silly fing to fear, innit? 'Ow about a noice English muffin wi' jam?

http://blog.seattlepi.nwsource.com/thebigblog/library/geico_gecko.jpg

Shannon
06-16-2008, 01:33 PM
You just reminded me why I love my cats. I have a morbid fear of lizards!

I know you do. I just don't get it. I love those little guys.

Junebug68
06-16-2008, 02:52 PM
I always always always have to knock on wood, and I have to knock exactly 3 times (because that's a good number.) This probably comes from the time I was driving home and thought to myself, "Gee, I've never gotten a speeding ticket!" And then, 5 minutes later, guess what happens! So now I have to knock on wood every time I think something like that or I freak out :)

DarkScribe
06-16-2008, 08:26 PM
Aw, I thought you might entitle this one, "Mongolian Monday." :D

Thunder and rain here in New England as I'm preparing to hop the Amtrak for NYC for the week. It's supposed to be rainy there as well.

TOTD: No, not at all. I don't walk under ladders, but that's because there's generally stuff on top that is likely to be unstable. I don't think I have any superstitions, although my girlfriend, for all her youth and education, certainly maintains a number from Eastern Europe. After all, she is from Transylvania.

Like keeping a wreath a garlic over her bedroom window...and a sharpened stake under her pillow, a crucifix? Well, it didn't work...you still got to her! :D

Jumpy
06-16-2008, 08:39 PM
I was up at 4 a.m. for a silly reason. I am superstitious. I promised someone I would sew some patches on a Boy Scout uniform for Monday morning. I forgot until all the sudden it was Sunday and my grandmother's words were ringing in my ears:

"If you sew anything on Sunday, you will have to pick out the stitches with your nose on Judgement Day."

So, I got up at 4 to sew the silly uniform. I actually thought it was a Biblical thing but apparently it's just a superstition. She drilled it in me very well!!

TOTD: are you superstitious? If so, what are some of your beliefs?

Here are some Old Wives's Tales and Superstitions to jog your memory. (http://www.southernsass.com/oldwivestales.html)

So cool that you are sewing patches on Boy Scout uniforms!! Good for you!

As far as the superstitious thing.. I do not have a superstitious bone in my body. The closest I might get is to have a pork and saurkraut meal on New Years Day, but I only do that every otherNew Years Day or so, and am really only doing it for tradition.. like turkey on Thanksgiving day.

Shannon
06-16-2008, 08:39 PM
Like keeping a wreath a garlic over her bedroom window...and a sharpened stake under her pillow, a crucifix? Well, it didn't work...you still got to her! :D


I quit. The divorce papers are in the mail.

lurkalot
06-16-2008, 08:41 PM
Like keeping a wreath a garlic over her bedroom window...and a sharpened stake under her pillow, a crucifix? Well, it didn't work...you still got to her! :D

oh man..that was GOOOD..now I can see how you can keep up with the queen of snark...you do have some defense mechanisms after all...


My maternal Grandmother was a midwife in the early 1900's, when I graduated Nursing School my mother passed down her medical journals on midwifery, I loved reading the medical advice which was nothing more than superstition, but at that time was on the edge knowledge.

LogansPapa
06-17-2008, 11:06 AM
Like keeping a wreath a garlic over her bedroom window...and a sharpened stake under her pillow, a crucifix? Well, it didn't work...you still got to her! :D

YOU DIDN"T SAY THAT! :eek:



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